InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Maintenance practices for wood bridges

Proper maintenance is necessary for the continued safe performance of bridges. In times of fiscal constraint, maintenance becomes increasingly important as funding for bridge replacement decreases and existing bridges must continue to safely support traffic loads. Many bridges in our transportation system are made of wood and require specific maintenance unique to wood structures. This paper summarizes several inexpensive maintenance practices for wood bridges, including moisture control, surface treatments, and fumigants.